To commemorate the 8th and final day of Hanukkah, 14 pax convened at Cedar Falls park to partake in a workout YHC called “The Menorah”. For those that are unaware, a menorah is a nine-branched candelabrum lit during the eight-day holiday of the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah. On each night of Hanukkah a new branch is lit along with all the branches of the previous nights. The ninth holder, called the shamash (“helper” or “servant”), is for a candle used to light all other candles and/or to be used as an extra light.

The group ran across the street to the entrance of East Chapel High School (where there was actually some light to commemorate the festival of lights) and warmed up with a jog followed by SSH, IW, Butt Kickers, High Knees, Four Corners… Jog around the lot and repeat. WE then lined up at the end of the lot to begin The Menorah.

The workout consisted of 8 exercises performed on the candlestick-like lines of the parking lot of East Chapel Hill High School. We started by doing 8 Merkins in Cadence. We then ran to the next line, did 8 Mountain Climbers (in Cadence) and returned to the first line for 8 Merkins. Then the next line with 8 SSH, back for 8 Mountain Climbers, back for 8 Merkins.

This pattern continued with the exercises: Low Slow Squat, Power Jumps, Line Jumps, Burpees (sometimes 8, sometimes 12 depending on YHC’s counting and mood at the time).

For the finally the group sprinted to the end of the lot and set up in plank position. We went down the line for an 8 count from everyone (switching to right arm and left arm high intermittently). We then did fast feet step ups (20) on the curb before making our way back down the menorah.

We finished with Mary around the latka (festive¬†Hanukkah fried potato pancake). Exercises included 8 counts of LBC, Freddie Mercury, Heels to Heaven, Long Slow Flutter, Russian Hamer, American Hammer, V sit-ups, WWII’s, and dying cockroach.


Moleskin-Have a happy and healthy holiday season everyone! Remember, when it comes to holiday eating, if you eat it before it reaches the table it doesn’t count! Hope today’s workout can make the holidays slightly more guilt-free.